"My mom felt I could do anything. She was the only one who told me that, the one who really did believe that I was gonna do things..." said the actor.
Robert Redford, one of the most successful actors in Hollywood may look like he got it all easy. But the reality of life is far different. While the actor is incredibly talented whether it is acting or directing, many are unaware of how he was able to achieve the name and the fame he has today.
The actor opened up about that one person, who is responsible for where he is today. The person is none other than his mother, Martha Hart. However, the actor has one regret. He could not thank her for changing his life upside down and felt he didn't credit her efforts while she was alive.
“I took [her] for granted because that’s the way kids were at that age. My regret is that she passed away before I could thank her," said Redford, according to Esquire.
Though he did not understand her sacrifice growing up, as he matured, he realized her positive influence that pushed him to become what he is today. "When I grew up and I realized what had happened, what she had tried to do, I realized, 'Oh my God, she really did encourage me to go out there and take chances.' As you go on in life, you think about regrets before you go to sleep at night. I realized too late that she had a very positive role in my life and I couldn't thank her," he told Esquire.
However, his appreciation for his mother came too late. When Redford was just 18 years old and attending the first years of college, he was faced with the biggest sorrow. His mother passed away while giving birth. He also added that she was made aware of the risks involved but the determined woman wanted to have more children. She ignored the warnings and went ahead. "She wanted a family so badly, she got pregnant again," said the actor.
Recalling his journey, The Great Gatsby actor said to Mirror Online, "People think it’s been easy for me. That’s hard to live with. It’s so untrue."
According to MSN, the actor allegedly has an unruly childhood. He allegedly stole beers for drinking all night and was even part of a high school gang. According to Closer Weekly, “[I] had a lot of criticism, but I didn’t have a lot of support," stated Redford at the audience at the Sundance Film Festival Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration, quoted Fox News. Despite it all, Redford's mother supported him and molded him. She helped him navigate through it all.
"My mom felt I could do anything. She was the only one who told me that, the one who really did believe that I was gonna do things. She encouraged me to constantly be opened up," said Redford to Esquire. He believes that he inherited his mother's "'Let's go for it' spirit".
Besides, Redford also thinks his strong connection with women comes from his mother. "Why do I feel this strong connection to women? I think it probably has to do with my mom… The one person who stood behind me was my mother. She believed that all things considered, she just had faith that I had something in me that was going to turn out OK," said the actor, according to Fox News.
Married to artist Sibylle Szaggars, the 81-year-old actor remembered his mother as the strongest member of his household. He said she “always had a smile [and] was very, very adventurous."
Continuing, he said, "She came from Texas, and she carried that kind of robust, jocular goodwill. She saw things in a positive light," according to Fox News.
Though it has been years since her death, the actor feels that it was "unfair." Undeniably he is still tormented by the pain of losing her. But he stated, "in an odd way, [it] freed me to go off on my own, which I’d wanted to do for a long time," according to People.